Disabilities USDA-NRCS Missouri Sharon Small, Disability Emphasis Program Manager. What is considered a disability?. physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual; a record of such an impairment
What is considered a physical impairment?
A physical impairment is any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genito-urinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin or endocrine.
What is considered a mental impairment?
A mental impairment is any psychological or mental disorder. Examples include: mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, specific learning disabilities.
What is NOT considered a disability?
NRCS Policy on Disabilities –It is the USDA-NRCS policy to make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants or employees with disabilities, except when such an accommodation would cause an undue hardship to the agency.
Reasonable Accommodations are defined as a change in the work environment or the application process that would enable a person with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities.
People First Language describes what a person has, not what the person is. People First Language puts the person before the disability
He’s mentally retarded
He’s a quad, or crippled
People with disabilities
He has a cognitive disability
She has autism
He has a physical disability
She uses a wheelchair
For more information online:
YES! There are several resources available for farmers, ranchers and landowners with disabilities. AgrAbility is one of the best.
Examples include: including chronic health conditions or pain, such as arthritis, heart conditions, visual impairments, hearing impairments, respiratory diseases, and traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries.
- Farm House Accessibility Surveys and Information - Agricultural Worksite Accessibility Surveys - Assistive Technology Resources - Educational Materials - Equipment Modification Information - Independent Living Resources - Technical Support
Area 3 representative:
Jeff Gibson, Civil Engineer
(660) 747-8200 ext. 3
Soil & Water Conservation District representative:
Kenny Sampsel, District Soil Conservationist
(660) 646-6220 ext. 121
Missouri Department of Conservation representative:
Rose Marie Hopkins
The Mission of Special Emphasis Programs is to provide guidance to the Agency concerning equal employment opportunity for all personnel, in personnel management policies and practices, as well as in NRCS sponsored programs and activities. In Missouri, the Special Emphasis Program Manager's (SEPMs) are available to provide help and guidance to employees concerning employment issues, EEO & CR, and also outreach and assistance to agency customers.
American Indian/Alaska Native Montie Hawksmontie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Black EmphasisDrenda Williamsdrenda.email@example.com
Disability EmphasisSharon Smallsharon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Women’s Mary Williamsmary.email@example.com
Hispanic EmphasisAngie VanDykeangie.firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information online,
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.